A running stroller is one of the best items a new mom (or dad!) can receive, especially if they are active and want to get back into shape after baby. We received a Bob stroller from our group of friends, and I could not be more thankful. I use it every single day, without fail, whether I am walking or running. It rides well, we can store plenty underneath, and it is very comfy for Grant. Here are a few tips to make the most out of running with a stroller with your little one.
Build Up To It
Going for a first stroller run usually happens after you get your clear after your 6 week postpartum checkup. Running solo is tough enough, so adding 15 lbs of baby and stroller is a heck of a workout. Try and get your fitness back to normal before pushing your stroller on every run. Split your runs and go on some of them alone, then take the stroller for the other runs. Pushing a stroller isn’t easy, especially when you are just getting into shape!
Give Yourself a Break
You just had a baby, and are getting yourself back in shape – don’t be hard on yourself! Just getting out on a run is a huge win, and pushing your little one right in front of you is icing on the cake. You will slowly get your fitness back – it just takes time. Your stroller miles are always going to feel more difficult with the stroller than without. Look at the brightside – the more you run with a stroller, the stronger you will be when running without it. It worked for me!
Consistently Switch Hands.
When you are actually pushing the stroller, switch the hand you use to push the stroller often. Don’t use both hands at the same time – you will end up fighting your normal body movement more than you are helping yourself. You definitely gain strength in the side of the body that you are using to push the stroller, so make sure you even it out. You will find you don’t fatigue as quickly and can actually run for a bit longer.
Bring Water Along With You
The best part of the stroller is always having hydration, your music, phone, etc. at an arm’s reach. Bring water for you (and your little one when they are older) so you can stay hydrated when you are out. Being able to have something to drink is probably my favorite part of pushing the stroller – other than having Grant with me, of course!
Don’t Put Too Much In The Storage Compartment
While its amazing to be able to pack the stroller with necessities, don’t over do it. I always bring a toy or two for Grant, along with some water for his to drink too. Other than that, I keep everything at the house to not put unnecessary weight in the stroller. It’s really just not needed. The longest I’ve ever consecutively ran with Grant was 90 minutes, and he was perfectly happy the entire time. I think he enjoys being out riding in the stroller as much as I enjoy running with him!